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Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Archipel II

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,545

Explore the world’s greatest natural playground on this journey through the Galapagos Islands aboard Archipel II. Enjoy 5-star accommodations aboard the cruise vessel and explore the biodiverse islands, hiking across the volcanic landscape and seeing the incredible animals that call it home.


The M/C Archipel II offers several comprehensive Galapagos Islands cruises, ranging from 4 to 8 days, which take you to a variety of islands showcasing the amazing wildlife and volcanic landscapes that have made this archipelago famous. Explore the world’s greatest natural playground aboard the M/C Archipel II.

Departing from either San Cristobal or Baltra Island, these itineraries offer excellent service and maximum comfort aboard the 5-star vessel. The itineraries are as follows:

4-Day Itinerary A

San Cristobal – South Plaza – Santa Fe – Floreana – Santa Cruz

Start on San Cristobal, home to some of the oldest settlements in the islands, where you’ll head to the Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center to see the famous Giant Tortoises. On South Plaza, hike through a landscape of prickly pear cactus to spot Galapagos land iguanas and sea lion colonies. Continue to Santa Fe to see giant prickly pear cactuses and hike across the remnants of an ancient volcano. On Floreana, spot Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies as well as dolphins off Champion Islet, then explore the cave and freshwater spring of Loberia and Asylum of Peace. Close out on Santa Cruz to visit Charles Darwin Station and learn about the history of the islands, as well as once again see the spectacular tortoises that define them.

4-Day Itinerary B

North Seymour – Genovesa – Bartolome – Santa Cruz

Begin on North Seymour, where you’ll explore a bird lover’s paradise of seabirds, frigate birds, and Nazca boobies. On Genovesa, hike up El Barranco and gaze out over Darwin Bay to take in the volcanic landscape. On Bartolome, enjoy the spectacular sight of Pinnacle Rock before exploring the moon-like landscape populated by Galapagos Penguins. You may even spot some green sea turtles in the water. Close out like Itinerary A on Santa Cruz, where you’ll visit Charles Darwin Station.

5-Day Itinerary

Santa Cruz – Floreana – Espanola – San Cristobal

Start on Santa Cruz, where you’ll venture through the highlands and begin your journey through Galapagos National Park. Connect to Floreana to see the sea lion colony of Cormorant Point, as well as waters filled with stingrays and parrotfish. Head over to Post Office Bay to see the Post Office Barrel that’s been used as a mailbox since the 18th century. You’ll also spot some Galapagos Penguins on a dinghy cruise. On Espanola, see the green sea turtles of Gardner Bay before heading to Punta Suarez, breeding site for almost all of the world’s waved albatross. End your cruise on San Cristobal. Stroll along the green sand beach at Pitt Point, walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin at Cerro Brujo, and see the sea lions of Isla Lobos before passing by Kicker Rock, which triumphantly juts out of the water, to close out your exploration.

8-Day Itinerary

San Cristobal – South Plaza – Santa Fe – Floreana – Santa Cruz – Isabela – Fernandina

The first four days of this itinerary are identical to 4-Day Itinerary A. From Santa Cruz, head to Isabela to see the white-tip reef sharks of Las Tintoreras. Continue to Punta Moreno to hike along a lava river on the island’s north coast. Then swing over to Elizabeth Bay to spot sea turtles before ending up at Tagus Cove to see the volcanic crater of Darwin Lake. On Fernandina, you’ll see animals that have never had contact with other species, such as the rare flightless cormorants. Close out back on Santa Cruz, where you’ll spot flamingos and enjoy the beaches of Turtle Cove. You’ll also spot remnants of the American military presence from World War II.


 

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Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,545

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Day 1

Arrival at Baltra Airport - Highlands

AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport
Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry ($100USD), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbor of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht Archipel II. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.

PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Because wild Galapagos giant tortoises don't stop at official National Park boundaries, dozens of them also roam on the adjacent woodlands in the populated agricultural zone of Santa Cruz. Thanks to their concentrations around their favorite muddy pools, these semi-open pastures and moist scalesia woodlands are the best place for a quick visit.

After this excursion you will have some time to visit the surroundings.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

M/C Archipel II

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    M/C Archipel II


    Archipel II is a comfortable Galapagos catamaran accommodating 16 passengers in private twin and matrimonial cabins. The catamaran build provides stability for a safe and comfortable Galapagos cruise. Passengers can relax in the spacious common areas or enjoy cocktails from the boat's well-supplied bar. A …

    Archipel II is a comfortable Galapagos catamaran accommodating 16 passengers in private twin and matrimonial cabins. The catamaran build provides stability for a safe and comfortable Galapagos cruise. Passengers can relax in the spacious common areas or enjoy cocktails from the boat's well-supplied bar. A conference area with television, DVD player, projector, library and table games gives passengers a way to wind-down in between excursions.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Conference Room
    • Library

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Day 2

Floreana: Cormorant Point - Post Office Bay

AM: Cormorant Point (Floreana)
The peninsula of Cormorant Point forms the extreme north cape of Floreana, which was formed by a number of smaller volcanic cones, covered with tropical dry forest (palo santo). At the landing beach, you will be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion-colony. The green sand on this beach contains a high percentage of glassy olivine crystals that have been blown out by the surrounding tuff cones. The 'flour sand' beach on the southern side of the peninsula is made up of even finer white coral sand that feels very smooth on your feet. Parrotfish have pulverized it, grinding the calcareous skeletons of living coral. You can spot schools of stingrays who love burying themselves in the sandy bottom. During the first months of the year, Pacific green turtles come ashore to bury their eggs.

PM: Post Office Bay (Floreana)
While having lunch we will navigate back to Post Office Bay (about 1hr). Post your holiday greetings in the historical barrel, one of three nearby visitor's sites on Floreana's north coast (short displacement, wet landing) and relax. Besides Galapagos sea lions, Pacific green turtles and golden cownose rays you might spot Galapagos penguins! This is the only place in the south-eastern archipelago where penguins reside. Explore by inflatable dinghy - or in your own pace by sea-kayak - another submerged crater rim around the bay of Baroness Lookout. Climb the miniature basaltic cone of Baroness Lookout and take in the paradisaical coastal views. This viewpoint was the favorite spot of one of Floreana's first colonists, the eccentric Baroness and self-proclaimed 'Empress of Galapagos' Eloisa von Wagner Bosquet, who even built her house a few meters behind. She and one of her lovers were the first in a series of mysterious disappearing and deaths in the 1930s.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Espanola: Gardner Bay - Punta Suarez

AM: Gardner Bay (Espanola)
On the north-eastern coast of the island of Espanola, Gardner Bay offers a wonderful place to refresh in the turquoise sea and to admire the large number of colorful reef fish. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel side by side with green sea turtles, or to enjoy the proximity of the playful Galapagos sea lion. The white sand beach is also an important breeding ground for the green sea turtles. In the crystal clear ocean, sometimes whales can be sighted under certain circumstances.

PM: Punta Suarez (Espanola)
This rocky area is home to the most impressive and diverse seabirds of the archipelago. The endangered Galapagos albatross returns to Espanola (March - December) annually. This allows visitors to admire the balances of pipes and bows (especially in October). Blue-fronted and nazcat oil pipes, black-tailed gulls and red-billed tropic birds are native to this island.Along the southern coast, high cliffs allow spectacular views of ascending birds and the sea water shot through air holes.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

San Cristobal - Punta Pitt

AM: Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)
Two wind sculptured tuff cones at Pitt Point constitute the extreme eastern end of San Cristobal. On the small green sand beach, you will be welcomed by a cacophony of barking Galapagos sea lions. From saltbush and spiny shrubs behind the beach a trail leads up to an area of tropical dry forest vegetation: most of the year leafless palo santo trees, yellow cordia shrubs, tiny prickly pear cacti and carpetweed, that turns red in the dry season. After the pretty steep climb through a gully to the cliff top, you can wander around the only colony in Galapagos that is home to all species of booby.

PM: Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)
The primary attraction of this site is the coral sand beach. It is an excellent place to swim and snorkel. Cerro Brujo is the remains of a tuff cone. It is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. It has an impressive landscape, where it is often possible to see coastal and migratory birds, including pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. At times the lagoon is completely dry and deposits of salt may be found in the bottom. The people of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno used to use the lagoon as a salt mine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Isla Lobos - Transfer to San Cristobal Airport

AM: Isla Lobos
The island is named after the amount of sea lions that rest on the seaside. Though at first sight it appears to just be barren rocks overgrown by palo santo, this low islet is home to male blue footed boobies and great frigate birds that try to impress the females with clumsy dances heaving their striking blue feet or blowing up their balloon-sized scarlet pouches. You can also find a lot of life in the intertidal zone, including striking bright orange sally lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas on the boulders. On the horizon you can distinguish the contours of Kicker Rock. That impressive rock islet has become one of the landmarks of Galapagos.

PM: Transfer to San Cristobal Airport

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

2019

8 Day  Nov 25; Dec 9,23
5 Day  Oct 24; Dec 19
4 Day - Itinerary A Nov 25; Dec 9,23
4 Day - Itinerary B  Dec 30

2020

8 Day Jan 6, 20; Mar 2, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17; Sep 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7
5 Day Jan 2, 30; Apr 9; May 7, 21; Jul 16; Aug 13; Oct 8; Dec 3
4 Day - Itinerary A Jan 6, 20; Mar 2, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17; Sep 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7, 21
4 Day - Itinerary B Jan 27; Feb 10; Apr 6; May 18; Jul 13; Aug 10; Oct 5, Nov 30

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All on-board accommodation
  • Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
  • Park fee and tourist ticket
  • All meals
  • Regular soft drinks and juices 
  • Island sightseeing
  • Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide 
  • Use of wet suits and snorkeling gear
  • Kayaks

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

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